It’s good to be back from vacation - but it will take time for me to get caught up to you all. I pray for grace. I had a couple hundred emails in my email inbox and a new email system on my computer to greet me this morning. I had been having problems with my group distribution in my old system (the frustration of several of you not getting regular planning emails you normally got from me) and a “new email system” was the recommended answer. That new system was installed while I was on vacation. So I am going to be slow as I learn as fast as possible. Please be patient with me. And fear not, nothing got lost in the transition - I retained my old emails and began receiving all your new ones on my new system - so far so good. I look forward to seeing everyone on Pentecost Sunday June 4 - as we celebrate the movement of the Spirit among us -  HAVE NO FEAR BIG RED IS HERE!
God’s Peace,
mark
Church Job Postings:
The FUMC Staff Parish Relations Committee is currently seeking all candidates interested in applying for the role of Youth Director that Camden will be leaving July 30 as he prepares to return to School to pursue his master’s degree in Art. This role oversees our ministry with Middler’s and High Schooler’s. If you are interested, please forward a resume to the Church Office and provide at least two references.
The FUMC CEC Board is currently seeking all candidates interested in applying for the role of CEC Director. This role oversees our Child Enrichment Center preschool that operates during the school year on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 2, 3, and 4 yr olds. If you are interested, please forward a resume to the Church Office and provide at least two references.
Vacation Bible School (VBS):
We are in good shape - thank you volunteers! Our one primary planning meeting FOR ALL VBS VOLUNTEERS is tommorrow night (Wed) at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. If you are volunteering for VBS, you are asked to be present for this meeting Shannon will lead.
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a break for the months of June and July. We will reconvene on August 1st continuing our study of the Gospel of John. We will be on chapter 6 so read up and come join our discussions.
Welcome New Members:
Tommy and Pam Ackerman 736 Lakeside Drive, Blairsville GA 30512
Barbara Alderman 393 Chattahoochee Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512

Pray without Ceasing for:

  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
  • Marian Malac - at UGH with the flu
  • Mac Warren - at home in Blairsville recovering from cadiac event
  • Courtney Bruce grandmother - now under hospice care
  • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Our several expectant Mommies and their babies in our congregation
  • Kathy Johnson’s Mother - general health (not a candidate for heart valve.)
  • Our Confirmation class as they continue to discern
  • Avis Shaw - upcoming leg procedures
  • Sharon Willits - trouble walking
  • Kim Kuykendall - general health
  • Emily Cobb / Joyce Byers - lots of health issues in extended family members
  • Elaine Neuhaus  - rehab new shoulder
  • Ruth Stefko son (Mike) - lung cancer - chemo and radiation
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
  • Liz Patton’s Cousin - 14 hours of reconstructive surgery so far
  • Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (recent fall and injury - but back now
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - fell and broke femur - had surgery to install rod - recovering from surgery
  • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
  • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.
A Note from Finance:

Thank you so very much FUMC - you are a generous church who gives thanks to God in all times! Thank you so much for funding God’s ministry through this part of the Body of Christ called First United Methodist Church of Union County!
                                                Received               YTD (20 Sundays)
May 7th                         $25,436                        $ 399,021
May 14th                       $25,734                        $ 424,755
May 21st                       $18,590                        $ 443,345
May 28th                         not counted yet with holiday
Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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